Despite his young age, Sawyer Howitt has a wealth of experience in the field of RFID. RFID, or radio frequency identification, has been used in the world of retail for a number of years for inventory control and other purposes. The next step in this technology is enabling you to shop in a far more convenient way, free of checkout lanes. The technology is being created in order for sensors to know what you are buying as you leave the store and then automatically charge you for your purchases.
One of the areas of retail that so far hasn’t embraced this new technology is the apparel business, Sawyer says. The two main reasons for this is a general lack of awareness as well as a fear of using this new technology. It is just 8% of sales that so far make use of RFID technology in this industry segment. He says this shows that many clothing retailers just want to test the waters regarding RFID rather than embracing it.
Another factor, Sawyer Howitt says, is that business owners worry that the cost of investing in this new technology won’t pay off. The currently available systems are expensive. However, the costs are rapidly coming down and by even the end of 2017 the costs of incorporating this technology should come down substantially.
Sawyer Howitt is a student at the University of California, Berkeley. His major is in consumer economics and he plans on graduating in 2021. He also works as a project manager for Meriwether Group which is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. He works as a project manager and has worked on RFID Checkout projects in the past for a number of retailers.
Sawyer Howitt is also a graduate of Lincoln High School, also in Portland. While attending school he volunteered his time for a number of different causes. He served as a tutor for a number of students, especially in his specialties in mathematics and science. He has also volunteered for a number of philanthropic organizations. This includes ones that sought to increase the amount of school funding.